Bangkok Awarded "Best City in the World" by Travellers for Second Consecutive Year

Thailand Also Home to Best City Hotel in Asia, Best Resort in Asia and Strongly Represented in the World's Top 50 Hotels and Resorts

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) proudly acknowledges Bangkok as "Best City in the World 2011" as judged by the readers of the popular Travel + Leisure magazine which was announced at an award ceremony held in Los Angeles . It was the second consecutive year for Bangkok to win the prestigious award and just one of many accolades and awards presented to destination Thailand and Thai properties at this year's ceremony.

In addition to the "Best City in the World" accolade, Bangkok's tourism acumen was further highlighted among the "Best Hotels of the World" list, with the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, ranking at No. 23 in the world; making it the best city hotel in Asia. Additionally, The Peninsula Bangkok was also featured ranking at No. 40.

Thailand's hotels and resorts outside Bangkok also demonstrated the kingdom's strong appeal especially among international holiday makers with the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, located in Thailand's northern city of Chiang Mai, surging to No. 7 on the world's best overall list, and making it the world's second "Best Resort" and "Asia's Best Resort". Also located in Chiang Mai and performing strongly was the Four Seasons resort ranking No. 45, overall and seventh as a resort.

As resorts, the Dusit Thani Laguna Resort located in Phuket was ranked 11th, while the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa located in Chiang Rai was ranked 15th.

Tourism Authority of Thailand Director for Dubai and Middle East Office, Mr. Pramoth Supyen says: "It was indeed, an overwhelming recognition for Thailand. Despite the tight competition for best hotels and resorts in the world, Thailand still managed to win the hearts of many travellers. These results are clear proof of how tourists truly fall in love with Thailand."

Tourism plays a vital role in Thailand's economy, and the recognition provided by the latest Travel + Leisure survey is expected to bode well as a destination of sustained potential for both investors and tourists alike. Says Supyen: "All Thais hope that people around the world and especially the Middle East, will once again return and experience the vibe and excitement of Thailand no matter what time of the year, and in order to encourage tourists to do so, we as a tourism board, will continue to challenge ourselves by producing newer and more effective informational channels, campaigns and promotions."


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